67 thoughts on “what do you do for a living? How do you afford that wardrobe?

  1. Anonymous says:

    Work in government, just under 6 figs but stereotypical shut-in that lives with parents so there’s nowhere else to put the money. Can buy expensive clothes without thinking and still watch the bank grow

    • Anonymous says:

      Kinda similar but I’m a state uni administrator didn’t always live with my parents. Got depressed and suicidal and moved in at some point in my later 20s.

    • Anonymous says:

      Work in government too at 98k. But they give a uniform allowance. Live with parents. 30yrs old. Most of my clothes are stuff I find at goodwill.

      • Anonymous says:

        98k is awfully high for a 30 year old in government, isn’t it? What do you do? I’m like a run-of-the-mill accountant/budget analyst at a public college in California doing the same work at government employee does but I’m only getting paid $50k and I’m also 30 years old. I’m pretty sure I work less than government workers, can go remote as much/whenever I want, and have much better benefits, but I’m not sure all that is worth the difference. Are you in IT or are you a social scientist or something?

        • Anonymous says:

          This is fed level not state. 98k is about the norm for most federal employees. All I do is make sure garbage companies follow regulations. True you guys get better benefits. I can’t work remotely either. Still poor AF tho even in Iowa. It’s all so depressing and tiresome.

          • Anonymous says:

            The benefits don’t really matter when you can’t afford rent either. There was a time where state colleges offered free on-campus housing for faculty and administrators. I suppose that would just be impossible now given that these schools have thousands of employees.

        • Anonymous says:

          Its not a lot at all actually. I’m a step 5 GS-12 in Hartford and already make over 100k gross. I started at GS-11 straight out of grad school into a GS-1520 series, definitely due to low manning and took advantage of direct hiring authority to get my foot in. Life’s good.
          If you’re thinking of getting in, its worth starting even at GS-6 or 7 and take a massive paycut just to get in, seen it loads of times, they make it to 12/13 in four or five years.

          • Anonymous says:

            Idk I’ve thought about trying to work for Gov but I think I would hate it. I just hate how little money I make and how trapped I feel in my career so it caught my attention that you made so much. I do know that my exact job for the feds makes about twice what I make, but that’s also in a twice as expensive market.

          • Anonymous says:

            The benefits don’t really matter when you can’t afford rent either. There was a time where state colleges offered free on-campus housing for faculty and administrators. I suppose that would just be impossible now given that these schools have thousands of employees.

            Idk I’ve thought about trying to work for Gov but I think I would hate it. I just hate how little money I make and how trapped I feel in my career so it caught my attention that you made so much. I do know that my exact job for the feds makes about twice what I make, but that’s also in a twice as expensive market.

            Started out gs5 in 401series. Now gs12step3 with 22% nightdif took me awhile but it’s alright. Only working 4days a week which is nice.
            I want to get into a higher series cuz to get a gs13 I have to take a management role or go to DC.
            In the end I recommend fed employment start early to build that seniority

  2. Anonymous says:

    >Work in Academia
    >85k CAD/yr

    Hyper autistic when it comes to clothes so I meticulously look at items in a sequence before buying. Will create and stare at something like pic related for weeks/months before buying the whole outfit at once.

    I also keep images of everything I purchase on my iPad and will routine skim through to see what I should sell and what gap I need to fill (wardrobe-wise)

  3. Anonymous says:

    I’m a lawyer. Not a fancy or sexy one like on TV, just another corpo drone. But the pay is ok and nobody gives a heck what I do.

  4. Anonymous says:

    NEET but parents send me mony every month
    I’m a shut in so idk why I bother buying nice clothes. I’ll off myself one of these days

  5. Anonymous says:

    Military
    You really don’t need to spend much money to dress well or cool. Being in shape is most important, imo. The bar is not high in the US and your $400 moon boots from Japan are lost on everyone but yourself.

  6. Anonymous says:

    I work as a cleaner and a carer for an elderly relative. I make 18k a year.
    I used to buy second hand but then realized I can never wear my nice clothes because both of my jobs involve contact with human waste and I’d destroy them.
    Fashion is for people whose job is to look pretty in a café as far as I can tell, so I just have a particular taste internally but have resigned myself to never being able to wear what I want to. I’m also a cyclist so anything with wide legs is out.

    Most days I wear black leggings and a black turtleneck sweater. Burglarcore.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Make like 35k a year (16.50/hr) in the rural south working my ass off full time as a utility worker for a transportation company. Full benefits and lots of holidays thankfully but I’m definitely looking to get a better paying job next year. Still live with parents anyway.
    T. 25

        • Anonymous says:

          Good for you, that’s solid money. I work in UX for a financial institution and land at 189 with bonuses I don’t think in my career I’ll hit your salary even with bonuses. Maybe get close. Which is fine I try not to covet, it’s plenty for my family. I am in the midwest.

          • Anonymous says:

            Ux seems interesting, does it have a lot of change or is it more rinse and repeat projects?

            /x/poster here, I don’t care about fashion much. I try to blend in.
            Well, when in Rome.
            >67k a year, remote.
            >I mostly buy thrifted clothes. they’re better quality than most new ones I can afford.
            >My style is a mix of Laurie Foreman and Hanson.

          • Anonymous says:

            How?
            I worked, then I went to school, then I worked, then I transitioned to remote. Pretty standard.

          • Anonymous says:

            Since I work in-house it is a lot of maintenance and rinse and repeat with some new interesting and more complex projects if we have a new product or feature for customers. That maybe sounds vague I am sorry. It’s a lot of time trying to optimize the customer experience which might be a slight change to a form field or an entirely new way of doing things.

          • Anonymous says:

            You’d have to target management or your own (successful) design consultancy to really push above 200 in UX, or you back the right horse and get lucky with a startup that is about to hit a liquidity event. It is also possible to hit that kind of number if you make a name for yourself in the public sphere or leave the Midwest.

            I’ve spent most of my career in various product roles, and am now a VP at a decently large company in DC. My compensation is much more tied to the success of my business unit, so my base compensation is really the only consistently reliable number. After that, it is down to options and bonuses, but in high-growth years I try and distribute 70% of my bonuses to top performers on my teams. The people with the skills I need are rare and expensive (some make more than I do), so I have to do what I can to keep them happy and working with me.

            This all has the unfortunate side-effect that fashionable people (what few there are in the DMV) do not view someone in my field as at all fashionable.

          • Anonymous says:

            Yeah managing is such a headache much less managing other managers and having to deal with their issues with their directs. I am going to attempt the individual performer celebrity path at my current company and see where I go.

  8. Anonymous says:

    I work in a factory that builds stair elevator. I test the dildos that we attach to them. I don’t buy clothes very often so when I actually do I can treat myself to higher quality apparel.

  9. Anonymous says:

    currently NEET but have worked as various handyman jobs in the past so I still do the occasional plumbing, carpentry, landscaping, furniture and appliance hauling and assembly etc for people I know.

    i buy everything at thrift stores and tailor it myself if need be. I’m not sure I’ve ever bought anything besides underwear and socks new in my life, but I also live in an extremely white city so the thrift stores are always full of great stuff that white collar brandname/trend chasers with more money than brains toss away after barely if every wearing it.

  10. Anonymous says:

    >what do you do for a living?
    On and off wagie living at home/student
    >How do you afford that wardrobe?
    I hardly can afford it

  11. Anonymous says:

    channel packaging strategist for a medium sized youtuber

    120k ish

    i dont really buy clothing other than jackets and some accessories like david yurman chains, as of late

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